The Opening of Guardians of the Galaxy Barely Changed From James Gunn's Original Pitch

Image: Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel
Image: Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel

It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that James Gunn writes everything down before he shoots it—the guy has a seemingly endless reservoir of information about the way he filmed things, what music fits where, and storyboards. But now he’s shared a bit from the packet he gave Marvel when he was trying to get the Guardians of the Galaxy directing gig.

Gunn shared the information on—where else?—Facebook. What’s kind of amazing is how much of his initial pitch ended up in the movie. This is almost exactly how we first saw Chris Pratt as Star-Lord:


By the way, the math here tells us that Gunn gave Marvel 72 pages when he was presenting himself as a potential director. You cannot say he didn’t want it.

[Facebook via CBR]

Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.

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Say what you will about Marvel, but it’ll be a cold day in hell when WB/DC manages to take a largely obscure series like GOTG and turn it into a successful movie. I know some people here were a fan of Dawn of Justice, and that’s fine; and sure, it made more money than GOTG. But when WB/DC struggles to make Batman and Superman (!!!!) work well and James Gunn can come in and hit it out of the park with GOTG...